Album Review: Jay Anderson | Deepscape | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

Jay Anderson Deepscape

(SteepleChase Records)

New Paltz bassist Jay Anderson's new album puts the prolific artist back in the role of bandleader after decades of support playing. Deepscape is a kind of curriclum vitae, convincingly covering the waterfront: Anderson and crew create then punctuate great planes of tense atmosphere in Morton Feldman's "Rothko Chapel"; swing with easy bravado through Keith Jarrett's "Southern Smiles"; and skitter and trill gleefully in Branford Marsalis's "The Mighty Sword." But there are some delightful outliers: Anderson's lyricism as a player is highlighted on Billy Joel's (yep) "And So It Goes," and the version of the Pee Wee King-Redd Stewart classic "Tennesse Waltz," performed as a duet by Anderson and harmonium player Frank Kimbrough, is primed and ready for the next Nick Cave-scripted Western. The titular track is a drone-y improv that I could have listened to for another 15 minutes, and "Momentum" is a moody piece with marvelous interplay by Billy Drewe (alto sax) and Kirk Knuffke (cornet).

—John Rodat

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